Welcome to NHL.com's "Fantasy Faceoff," where our panel of insiders will dissect individual matchups to help determine which player carries the most fantasy value. Torn between two players on draft day? Look no further than NHL.com for the edge on the most compelling positional toss-ups as your fantasy draft approaches.
Earlier this week our NHL.com fantasy writers debated the forward and defense positions. Now we move on to the goaltenders, where Justin Goldman weighs in on who he believes should be selected first, Henrik Lundqvist or Antti Niemi.
Between a few tactful trades, a handful of free-agent signings, division realignment and a tricky case of trimmed thigh rises, the winds of change ripped through Goalie Nation this summer.
Combine all of that with the rising parity around the league, and this year's crop of top-30 fantasy goalies was tougher to rank than ever before. Because the talent just keeps getting better, statistically speaking, the difference between a top-ranked and a lower-ranked fantasy goalie could literally be a few saves per game, and as little as four or five wins.
But now that the dust has settled, we feel that Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers has the edge on Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks as the top goalie to own in a Yahoo! Fantasy league. Both play very different styles, but they have proven to be two of the most durable and reliable goalies over the past few years.